Oh my goodness. I don’t even know where this idea came from. Seriously, who thinks of turning quinoa into a dessert? Well, if anyone’s going to do it, it’s gotta be me. I’m the girl who just doesn’t like to say no to sweets. I can do it. I have the self-control to say no. But I have no desire to. If I want it, and I’m feeling like it’s time for a snack, I’m gonna go for the dessert. So the solution is this: making my own desserts at home and controlling what goes in them. So that’s where the quinoa comes in.
For quinoa week, I wanted to show you just how versatile quinoa could be. I’ve made Dark Chocolate Energy Bites with quinoa before, so I knew it could be done. I just wasn’t sure how well a quinoa-based crust would hold up with a pie filling or cheesecake.
What I really wanted to do was run the idea by my wife. I will be honest – my wife is a huge part of recipe development on the blog. She has some great ideas and squashes some of the dumb ones that I have (or at least helps re-direct me to something better). So having her gone for military training is going to be rough in that aspect (and many others), but I think I have it in me to push through and find my own creativity. Hell, this recipe idea probably would’ve been one that she didn’t think would work. So I’m glad I gave it a shot.
Honestly, the crust is perfectly sweetened with honey and dates. You can’t even taste quinoa. It’s a slightly nutty crusty flavor. But definitely not the quinoa. And the cheesecake filling is so light because of the added Greek yogurt. And just a tiny drizzle of chocolate for that extra sweet-tooth, although it’s totally not necessary: I liked these bites with and without chocolate. Of course I had to taste it both ways – for testing purposes only.
So here’s your opportunity to have your cake and eat it too. Seriously, I hear it all the time. I can’t lose weight because my tastebuds take over too often. Let your tastebuds take over. Don’t deprive yourself of yummy things. But have control of the yummy things that are surrounding you. Make healthier versions of your favorite treats. Don’t buy things you’ll regret eating later. You have that freedom!